Governor Pat Quinn met with lawmakers over the weekend and hopes to reach a deal on pension reform by January ninth. The governor says based on recent talks, getting pension reform passed during the lame duck legislative session is doable. State Senator Sam McCann (pictured) says he doesn't know if that timetable can be met, but it's past time this issue was resolved.
One sign that things might be moving forward is that House Speaker Mike Madigan reportedly is ok with passing a bill that doesn’t include the controversial cost shift for schools. That would require districts to begin picking up the tab for teacher pensions. If the House were to pass a bill, McCann and the rest of the Illinois the Senate would have to be called back to Springfield before the new General Assembly is sworn in on Wednesday.